The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre is a unique collaborative project that provides free legal information, advice and representation to women affected by violence and abuse.
The Centre strives to fill the gaps that exist between women’s experiences of gender based violence and their ability to access justice by working with a specialist solicitor and an experienced advocacy worker. Informed by our direct work with victim-survivors of violence and abuse, we seek to influence national policy, research and training to improve processes and systems, and ultimately to improve the outcomes for women who have experienced gender based violence.
Gender based violence is a term that is used to describe crimes such as rape, domestic abuse and forced marriage that are overwhelmingly but not exclusively carried out by men against women. It is a symptom of the historic and current inequalities of power that exist between men and women. The harm caused by gender based violence is varied, it can be physical, financial, emotional, sexual and more, but it stems from and reinforces gender inequality.
The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre is a collaboration between Rape Crisis Scotland, JustRight Scotland and the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic. We are funded by the Justice Department of the Scottish Government, administered by the Scottish Legal Aid Board.